You have just been promoted to a manager position. Congratulations! The question you need to ask yourself now is, do you have the necessary skills to be successful in the job? The odds are that you have been an outstanding performer up to this point – that’s why you got the promotion.
But the skills needed for management are different from those needed for other types of jobs. Here are a few tips to help make sure you are ready for your new responsibilities.
1. Learn to communicate
You need to be able to express yourself well both verbally and in writing. Good communication is also more than just giving orders. It involves listening as well. You should take the time to listen to your workers and understand their issues and concerns, and then respond to them.
You need to know how to work with different types of people – extroverts and introverts, experienced and inexperienced, young and old, urban and rural backgrounds, and more.
A good communicator motivates people as well and persuades them of the value of certain strategies. You should be able to express your ideas clearly and concisely, and explain the reasons for your decisions. A good communicator can facilitate discussion, engage his team in dialogue, and persuade, which in turn establishes an environment of cooperation and collaboration.
2. Be clear about what you expect
Everyone should know exactly what their roles are, what they need to do in their job. No one should have to guess about their job duties. Your workers should also know exactly what performance standards they are being held to.
As a manager, you should also offer your people plenty of feedback. Everyone wants to know how they are doing, if they are performing well and where they need to improve. If people are uncertain about their performance, they become more stressed and anxious, which is definitely not good for your team’s morale.
3. Avoid micromanaging
If you are giving orders to people about every little task they need to do, or how to do their tasks, you are sending a message that you don’t have a lot of faith in their abilities. This also will have an impact on employee engagement. Moreover, if you make all of the decisions, you create a roadblock that slows everything down.
You need to trust your employees and have faith in their decision-making.
Your job as a manager is to set the overall priorities for your team, look at the big picture, and make sure all of the puzzle pieces are fitting into place to achieve your goals.
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